[Pkg-shadow-devel] Why is su preserving the environment?

Reinhard Tartler siretart at tauware.de
Sat Jan 24 08:04:52 UTC 2009

Josselin Mouette <joss at debian.org> writes:

> it has been brought to my attention (through #512803) that su does not
> clean the environment at all. [... ] 
> Before I work around this specific issue in the fugliest way, shouldn’t
> we prevent su from preserving the environment?

compare this:

 su -c env


 su -c env -

the latter command indeed prunes the environment, and calling

 su -c gnome-terminal -

sucessfully fails (heh) with failing to open a display. whats the
problem here?

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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